Top Gun: Maverick, the American blockbuster financed by Russian money?

In the eye of the viewfinder: the Russian producer Valerii An, n° 2 of the production company New Republic Pictures.

According to an article from Worldthe last film with tom CruiseTop Gun: Maverick – would be the subject of an FBI investigation into the role of the number 2 of the production company New Republic Picturesone of the producers of the feature film.

Denounced by the former location scout andrew Eksnerthe Russian Valerii Year is the subject of an investigation by the FBI’s anti-corruption section, which suspects Russian funding in the production of the latest Paramount blockbuster. Whistleblower recently, Eksner advances various proofs: Until recently, his CV indicated that he had worked for nine months […] at AS Monaco, a football club owned by the oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev. Since then, this reference has been deleted. It continues with photos showing the 35-year-old businessman taking part in the Bosco Friends Open (a charity tennis tournament) alongside Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskovand other members of Moscow’s economic and political elite.

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Eksner Explain : ” Paramount Pictures is in big trouble, everyone on Wall Street knows Shari Redstone [la PDG de Paramount Global] wants to separate. The risk is real that the Kremlin will seek to take it, via Valerii Year, Control. Russian interference in American policy has been demonstrated. Why wouldn’t they attack the cinema? » Two years ago, Paramount Picture entered into an agreement with New Republic Pictures to allow Top Gun: Maverick to exist. Amount of the contract: 200 million dollars, showing how the budget of the American studio is in bad shape. The production company, whose Valerii An is responsible for business development and strategies, finances 25% of the films.

According andrew Eksnerhe might want to go through the studios to get influence “. In a tweet, he explains: Paramount was saved from bankruptcy thanks to dirty Russian money from Monaco, via New Republic. There will be no more money for you guys. Will this train really crash into Paramount Mountain? Shari Redstone Mission Impossible 8”.

Following his discovery, he contacted the media to warn them of this ” russian dirty money » : jimmy kimmel cancel the appearance of the star Tom Cruise in his show, but this prevention will not prevent the Cannes Film Festival from awarding the actor an honorary Palme d’Or or the United Kingdom from organizing a preview with the royal family. Released last week Top Gun: Maverick is a hit all over the world… except in Russia, where it will not be released in cinemas (in China, its release date has not yet been announced).

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